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Kimberly Johnson


4144 JFSB
Provo, UT 84602


Kimberly Johnson has received awards and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Utah Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Research Interests

Kimberly Johnson's scholarly work has focused on issues of form and embodiment in the poetic tradition, ideas which have also animated her own poetry. Current projects include a scholarly examination of indecorous poetics in the 16th and 17th centuries and a translation of the Song of Songs.


Literary Criticism

- Made Flesh: Sacrament and Poetics in Post-Reformation England (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014)


- Fatal (Persea Books, 2022)
- Uncommon Prayer (Persea Books, 2014)
- A Metaphorical God (Persea Books, 2008)
- Leviathan with a Hook (Persea Books, 2002)


- Hesiod’s Theogony and Works and Days (Northwestern University Press, 2017)
- Virgil’s Georgics: A Poem of the Land (Penguin Classics, UK 2009 and US 2011)

As Editor:

- Co-editor (with Brice Peterson), The Cambridge Companion to Aemilia Lanyer (Cambridge University Press, 2027)
- Co-editor (with Tessie Prakas), The Oxford Handbook of George Herbert (Oxford University Press, 2026)
- Co-editor (with Ryan Netzley), Lyric Temporalities (University of Toronto Press, 2024)
- Editor, Poetics/Praxis (special issue of Christianity & Literature, 2019)
- Co-editor (with Jay Hopler), Before the Door of God: An Anthology of the Devotional Lyric (Yale University Press, 2013)
- Co-editor (with Michael C. Schoenfeldt and Richard Strier), Divisions on a Ground: Essays in Renaissance Literature in Honor of Donald M. Friedman, 2008)
- Editor, John Donne’s Complete Sermons: The Electronic Archive (, 2005)

Poetry, translations, and critical essays have appeared in numerous publications, including The Best American Poetry 2020, The New Yorker, Slate, Yale Review, Kenyon Review, Milton Quarterly, Modern Philology, and PMLA.


Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Italian

Teaching Interests

Kimberly Johnson teaches courses in Renaissance literature and in creative writing.

Courses Taught